The aim of the module is to gain understanding of the abilities and challenges of the industrial robots that can be used for collaborative tasks
THIS LEARNING PROGRAM STARTS SPRING, 2021, EXACT DATE TBD
The number of installed industrial robots in production systems are increasing with around 15 percent per year. Even though technologies for safe interaction between human and robots have been around for quite some time, only around 3 percent of the newly installed robots can be used for collaborative tasks. However, it is believed that Human Industrial Robot Collaboration (HIRC) will be more common in the future.
When installing a robot without physical fencing, it is not only the robot arm that needs to be considered, the company needs to have a strategy for implementation and maintaining the robot station. This includes material handling, equipment in the cell such as grippers, fixtures, vision systems and the interaction and collaboration with the robot and operators. Designing a robot workstation with collaborative tasks can be done both virtual and in real life, in order to test and evaluate different solutions in terms of flexibility, ergonomics, and task allocation.
The aim of the course is to gain understanding of the abilities of the industrial robots that can be used for collaborative tasks. Furthermore, the participant will be given tools and methods for analyzing the product design, workstation design and robot application in terms of safety, flexibility, productivity, and ergonomics.